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- Very peaceful location in the Welsh Borders near the Black Mountains of Monmouthshire and Herefordshire
- Quirky, pretty, comfortable holiday cottage for 2 adults, plus 2 children, a baby and a good dog
- Spacious garden (plus 3 acres to explore)
- Play barn and summer house
- Separate upstairs sun room for solitary quiet time, reading or listening to music
- A short drive to good pubs
- Lots of walks from the doorstep
Quirkily pretty, with an Edwardian feel to its exterior, this lovely detached cottage has two bedrooms, a big garden, a play barn, a summer house, and a separate upstairs sun room/reading room/music room/study. Situated in beautiful rural Welsh Border country between Abergavenny and Hereford, and just a hop away from the Black Mountains, the cottage enjoys a perfectly quiet location.
Sleeps 2 adults and 2 children in a double and a twin room. Baby and dog-friendly (one well-behaved dog welcome).
Soft pastel colours predominate in the decoration of Wren Cottage, creating a sense of calm and peace. The open-plan living-space combines comfortable cosiness with an airy brightness, and everything you could need is in situ.
The master bedroom, up a few steps, but still on the ground floor, has a comfortable double bed; and the twin room for children is upstairs above the kitchen. The family bathroom, also on the ground floor, has a bath with shower over, loo and wash hand basin.
A delightful addition to this cottage is its bright eyrie of a sun room, atop the building and reached by an outside staircase. You can sit here and listen to music, read one of the large selection of books, or even catch up with your work and emails if you need to.
Behind the cottage, there's a play barn for restless children, with a table-tennis table and mini-football - great for a rainy day. You can also store bikes here. The garden is generous: a spacious lawned area with patio, summer house and garden furniture. But there is also a lower lawn, an orchard, some woodland and a field to enjoy - plenty of running-around space for children or a dog. Wild flowers are plentiful here, and particularly impressive are the wild orchids in June. Bring a picnic out to the field on a fine day and sit on the bench to contemplate the lovely view. Your only interruptions will be bird song, bees buzzing, or perhaps an occasional tractor ploughing in the far-off distance.
THINGS TO DO AROUND Wren Cottage
The cottage is very well-positioned for all sorts of jaunts, whether you would like to venture into the wild and scenic Black Mountains, or to make your way south-east to the magnificent Lower Wye Valley, where the river Wye leads its picturesque meanders down to Chepstow at the mouth of the Bristol Channel. Along the way are sprinkled castles, abbeys, churches, caves, pretty villages, vineyards, and many superb things for families to do. These include Pedalabikeaway in the Forest of Dean, the Steam Train through the Forest, the Butterfly Zoo and Maze at Symonds Yat, the Caves at Clearwell, the mysterious forestscape at Puzzlewood, and plenty in between.
In the Black Mountains, you can of course hike the footpaths to enjoy fresh air and ultra-beautiful views, but you can also take mountain bikes on trails or enjoy a day’s pony-trekking. Hay-on-Wye is a treat at the northernmost tip, a fascinating town with all sorts of interesting shops, second-hand bookshops (for which it is famous), cafes and galleries.
Nine Good Things, as recommended by the owners
1. Visit the castle, then the superb Millennium Tapestry at The Tithe Barn in Abergavenny, followed by a prize-winning afternoon tea at The Angel Hotel (booking recommended)
2. At Monmouth, visit the Nelson Museum, then picnic up on the Kymin overlooking the town, where the charming bijoux 18th-Century Round House surveys the scene; or scrutinise the Naval Temple, visited by Horatio himself in 1802. Whizz down the hill to take one of the many walks along the river or in local woods. In the evening, you can find entertainment at the oldest theatre in Wales, The Savoy, now run by volunteers and showing films or theatrical productions
3. In Hereford, you can visit the world famous Mappa Mundi, the Cathedral, a big modern cinema, sports centre and swimming pool, ten pin bowling, a soft play centre and pottery painting for kids young and old. Horse racing can be found at the race course (along with racing at Cheltenham and Chepstow)
4. Fantastic views and the famous Peregrine falcons can be found at Symonds Yat; or, if you want a closer look at birds of prey, visit the acclaimed Birds of Prey centre at Newent
5. Walk up Garway Hill from the cottage and see stunning views of seven counties
6. Visit the 'Three Castles' of Skenfrith, Grosmont and White Castle (near Abergavenny)
7. There are plenty of gardens to visit: three memorable ones are Veddw House Garden, Kentchurch, and Abbey Dore Court Garden
8. Canoe the River Wye in family friendly Canadian canoes
9. The spectacular ruined priory at Llanthony is well worth a visit and as a bonus you can get a drink at the small pub built into the priory walls. The priory is also a centre for fantastic ridge walks
The nitty gritty
Live online booking
Changeovers are normally Mondays and Fridays. Weekends are set-priced from Friday 4pm to Monday 10.30am; so you can stay 1, 2 or 3 nights for the weekend price. Check availability and book online below, or check availability for all cottages.
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